Only One Confirmed Case of Occupationally-Acquired HIV Reported to CDC since 1999

January 14, 2015 | Strategic Insights for Health System


Only one case of occupationally-acquired HIV has been reported to the Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 1999, a significant reduction from the 57 confirmed cases and 150 possible cases reported from 1985 to 1999, according to the January 9, 2015 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Exposures occurred via contact with infected blood, visibly bloody fluid, body fluids, or the virus in a laboratory setting. CDC recommends standard precautions be taken by healthcare workers when working with any patient, regardless of his or her HIV status.

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